Monterey Peninsula College

The Computer Science and Information Systems department offers comprehensive programs leading to transfer, vocational and job training in a number of areas. Degrees and certificates are offered in Computer Science and Information Systems, Computer Software Applications, and Computer Networking. The curriculum places emphasis on the general principles, concepts, skills and competencies required for future education and work in this field.

Available Courses

This course list provides an overview of courses per college course catalogs. Not all of the courses listed use NETLAB+. For complete information, please see the individual college website.

CSIS 11 - COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND ORGANIZATION - 3 units

This course provides an introduction to the organization and structure of computer systems, machine architectures, elemental computer circuits and systems, and assembly language programming. It explores the mapping of statements and constructs from a high-level language into sequences of machine instructions, as well as the internal representation of simple data types and structures. Advisories: CSIS 10A; eligibility for MATH 263; eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 190 - COMPUTER FORENSICS - 3 units

This is an introductory course in computer forensics. Students learn to collect and analyze data to uncover attacks and malware. Topics include forensic techniques, using tools based on fundamental understanding of data, security principles, and forensic data analysis to uncover computer crime and computer security incidents. Prerequisites or corequisites: CSIS 86 OR Prerequisite: CSIS 198

CSIS 12 - DISCRETE STRUCTURES - 4 units

This course is an introduction to the discrete structures used in computer science with an emphasis on their applications. Topics covered include functions, relations and sets; basic logic; proof techniques; basics of counting; graphs and trees; and discrete probability. Prerequisites: CSIS 10A; MATH 13 Advisories: ENGL 1A

CSIS 192 - VIRTUALIZATION AND CLOUD COMPUTING CONCEPTS - 3 units

This course provides students with a working knowledge of virtualization of servers/storage and an introduction to cloud computing. Several aspects of virtualization and cloud computing including virtual servers, storage, and security are covered. Through hands-on laboratory exercises, students develop an understanding of installation and management of a virtual infrastructure. This course helps students prepare for the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.

CSIS 51C - DATABASE PROCESSING - 3 units

This introductory course to database management and design provides a solid, modern foundation in the fundamentals of database processing. Students are introduced to objects and SQL databases including a survey of MS Access, Oracle, and SQL Server. Database publishing and Internet standards are introduced with XML Schema and coverage of ODBC, OLE DB, ADO, ASP, and other technology. Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 or ENSL 110 and 155

CSIS 72A - MANAGING AND MAINTAINING WINDOWS SERVER - 3 units

This course presents terminology, concepts, and skills necessary to install, manage, and maintain a Windows server environment, including active directories, server roles, user and group management, and security using group policy. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Server 70-410 certification exam. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: CSIS 83A; eligibility for ENGL 111 or ENSL 110 and 155

CSIS 75 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER HARDWARE/A+ PREP - 4 units

This course covers maintenance and installation of computer hardware and basic electronics to understand digital circuits. The class covers most of the A+ certification material. Advisories: CSIS 1; or CSIS 50 and 50L; eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

CSIS 76A - NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS - 3 units

This course introduces networking concepts and builds basic networking skills. Students learn layered models (TCP/IP and OSI), Ethernet networking, basic routing, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, and cabling. Students design and configure a basic network. This Cisco Academy course is the first of a four-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: CSIS 1; eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 80 - INTRODUCTION TO UNIX AND LINUX - 3 units

This course provides an introduction to the UNIX and Linux operating systems that includes file and directory manipulation, access permissions, process control, networking, security, shell commands and shell programming. Also offered online. Advisories: CSIS 1; eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 82 - UNIX AND LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION - 1.5 units

This course provides experience in UNIX and Linux system administration, including system installation and configuration, shutdown and reboot procedures, backups, emergency recovery, and basic system security. Projects focus on the creation of shell scripts to automate system administration tasks. Advisories: CSIS 80; eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

CSIS 83A - MICROSOFT CLIENT OPERATING SYSTEM - 3 units

This course presents concepts and skills necessary to install, configure, and administer a Windows 10 client operating system environment. Topics include the skills and knowledge necessary to enable students to prepare for the Microsoft Client Operating System Windows 10 certification exam 70-679. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 86 - NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS/SECURITY+ PREP - 3 units

This course covers the fundamentals of security, using simulators to give hands-on experience with servers, routers and other security devices. Students learn about different types of attacks, security policy, encryption, access control, PKI, authentication, and cryptography. This course covers material necessary to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 88 - SECURITY PRACTICES: PENETRATION TESTING AND DISCOVERY - 3 units

This is an introductory course in developing penetration testing within the context of properly securing the network from attacks. It covers fundamental concepts of system vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, exploits, and countermeasures are covered. Students are exposed to many computer attack methodologies to enable them to recognize and prevent malicious activity through defense techniques designed to develop better organizational security. The course is designed with a number of hands-on labs to master skills in the topics covered. Prerequisites or corequisites: CSIS 86 OR Prerequisite: CSIS 198 (or CSIS 86)

CSIS 1 - COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS - 3 units

This course offers an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware, and software components. Application of these concepts and methods is achieved through hands-on projects developing computer-based solutions to business problems. Also offered online. Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 98 - PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - 2 units

This course provides students experience in project development in a computer-related area of study. Students learn project conceptualization and selection strategies, assessing prior solutions, brainstorming, writing proposals, prototyping, schedule and resource allocation, overcoming obstacles, assessing and reporting on final deliverables. Prerequisites: CSIS 10A; or CSIS 75, or CSIS 76A Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 9 - PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS: PYTHON - 3 units

This course introduces the fundamental ideas in computer science using Python, an interpreted, object-oriented programming language known for its ease of use. Students develop skills in the design and implementation of algorithms while working with numerical computation, text processing, graphics, image processing, and networking applications. This is the recommended first course for computer science majors. Portions of this course may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: CSIS 1; eligibility for ENGL 1A

CSIS 174A - MANAGING AND MAINTAINING ADVANCED WINDOWS SERVER SERVICES - 3 units

This course presents concepts and skills necessary to configure and manage a Windows network infrastructure. Students learn to configure Active Directory services, network load balancing, business continuity, and access protection. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Server 70-412 certification exam. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Advisories: CSIS 72A or (CSIS 172)

CSIS 10A - PROGRAMMING METHODS I: JAVA - 4 units

This Java programming course introduces the discipline of computer science utilizing practical hands-on problem-solving. Content includes principles of algorithm design, representation of data, objects and classes, arrays, effective programming style, and use of a debugger. Also offered online. Advisories: CSIS 1; MATH 263; eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155

CSIS 177A - ROUTING AND SWITCHING BASICS - 3 units

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. The course also covers configuring and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolving common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This Cisco Academy course is the second of a four-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online. Prerequisites: CSIS 76A (or CSIS 76)

CSIS 10B - PROGRAMMING METHODS II: JAVA - 4 units

This course covers the application of software engineering techniques to the design and development of large programs, grounding students in the use of data abstraction, data structures, and associated algorithms. Coverage includes vectors, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, maps and hash tables, graphs, sorting, searching, and a significant project. Also offered online. Prerequisites: CSIS 10A or CSIS 10C Advisories: CSIS 12; ENGL 1A

CSIS 178A - NETWORK SCALING CONCEPTS - 3 units

This course builds on the basic configuration concepts covered in CSIS 177A (or CSIS 177). Advanced concepts in routing and switching including dynamic routing protocols OSPF and EIGRP and STP are covered. Configuration and troubleshooting skills are developed in the course. Portions of instruction may be offered online. Prerequisites: CSIS 177A (or CSIS 177)

CSIS 10C - PROGRAMMING METHODS I.5: C AND C++ - 4 units

This intermediate C and C++ programming course provides deeper coverage of computer science while introducing the interface of software with the physical world. Coverage includes basic syntax, user-defined classes, arrays and STL, and the development of simple linked data structures. Can be taken before or after Computer Science and Information Systems 10B. Portions of this course may be offered online; also offered fully online. Prerequisites: CSIS 9; or CSIS 10A; or ENGR 17 Advisories: ENGL 1A

CSIS 179A - INTERCONNECTING NETWORKS - 3 units

The course introduces Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity concepts. Students configure and test Frame-Relay and PPP protocols. Techniques for configuring security, monitoring and troubleshooting the WAS network are covered. This Cisco Academy course if the last of a four-part sequence to prepare for CCNA certification. Portions of instruction may be offered online; also offered fully online. Prerequisites: CSIS 177A (or CSIS 177)

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